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TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a US Youth Soccer community-based soccer program that is designed to meet the needs of athletes ages up to age 18 with physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities. The program is geared toward player development rather than competition. Athletes are placed on teams according to ability NOT by age.

Special Needs

TOPSoccer athletes are up to age 18 with a disability including but not limited to: A.D.D., Autism, Hearing Impaired, Sight Impaired, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Down Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorder and Spinal Bifida. If you aren't sure if TOPSoccer is a good fit for your athlete, please contact us at [email protected].


TOPSoccer is played in the Fall (end of August - end of October) and Spring ( March- end of April). Players have the option of playing one or two seasons.

Important Dates

August 18#1 Play Date  September 22 #5 Play Date
August 25#2 Play Date  September 29 #6 Play Date 
September 8
#3 Play Date   
October 6
 #7 Play Date
September 15
#4 Play Date
October 12
 NC Courage Game
     October 20  Rain Make-up

*Subject to change.

TOPSoccer practices start at 5:30pm and run one hour.

Location & Fields

All practices will be held at WRAL Soccer Park on Dick's Sporting Goods Field #1
WRAL Soccer Park

Club Fee | $35

Fee includes a TOPSoccer jersey for new players, team equipment i.e. balls, goals, nets, cones and etc. 


NCFC Youth TOPSoccer Story

Check out what a typical NCFC Youth TOPSoccer session looks like! Feel free to share with your athlete to get them prepared or comfortable with the routine and activities that will take place on Sundays.

TOPSoccer Story

Coaches and Buddies

Melissa Ellisen is our TOPSoccer Director and is also an Assistant Principal with Wake County Public Schools. Previously she taught 3rd grade, 5th grade, and special education. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and special education and a Master of Arts in Executive Leadership Studies. Melissa has been a part of the NCFC family for 8 years and is excited to share her knowledge and love of the game when working with the TOPSoccer athletes.

Each session we will have a group of trained coaches and buddies to lead the athletes during practices. Buddies are assigned to athletes who require one-on-one attention in order to succeed. Buddies could be NCFC Youth players, siblings or volunteers who will be trained prior to the sessions.

Skill Level

No experience necessary. Our goals for TOPSoccer Athletes are

  • Sense of belonging by being a part of a team
  • Improved self-esteem, fitness, social and soccer skills
  • Success based on individual ability
  • Fun!

Helpful links



Registration is now open!

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Contact Us

Questions? Contact TOPSoccer Director Melissa Ellisen at [email protected]


North Carolina FC Youth
5017 Memory Road 
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609

Phone : 919-834-3951
Email: [email protected]



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